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Hollande and Obama urge climate deal

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 03:49
The presidents of France and the US make a joint call for an "ambitious" climate change accord, ahead of Francois Hollande's state visit to the US.

Minecraft-inspired movie shut down

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 03:46
Minecraft-maker Mojang has steps in to prevent the making of a film set in the game's block-built world.

Rise in new diabetes cases

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 03:40
The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has increased to more than 3.2m, according to figures.

Man in court over schoolgirl murder

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 03:33
A man accused of murdering a teenager more than 27 years ago has made his first public appearance in court.

Barclays posts profit figures early

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 03:32
Barclays releases profit figures a day earlier than expected, saying that it needed to provide clarity following a newspaper report.

Why the government can't plan ahead

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 03:26

It’s 1987, and Rudy Penner is winding up his fourth year as head of the Congressional Budget Office, wishing he had a magic 8-ball.  He regrets missing the recessions of 1987 and 1990.

“The forecasts for those years were way off,” he says.

Then came the ‘90s, and with them a big uptick in wealth, especially in the financial sector. Uncle Sam’s share of Wall Street’s riches created a surplus nobody expected. 

Penner says it’s a difficult proposition to make accurate predictions about the economy and budget deficit. And, he says, Congress’s fuzzy math doesn’t make it any easier.  Lawmakers budget 10 years out.

“A very distinct budget horizon of 10 years does allow you to cheat by pushing costs beyond that budget horizon,” he says.

The Roth IRA is a good example of that.  Money is taxed as it goes in, meaning revenue in the short-term. But Roth IRA earnings are tax-free.  So the government loses out in the end -- though that accounting is outside the 10-year budget horizon.  But Congress cheerfully ignores that.  Another trick?  Counting spending that we always knew would wind down -- like the cost of the Afghan and Iraq wars -- as savings 

“So it’s not really savings," says Harvard public policy professor Linda Bilmes. "It’s like buying stuff on sale that you never intended to buy and saying, look how much I saved.”

It’s not logical. But it’s how humans have evolved to think: Forget about the past, distort the future, and focus on the present.

“When we were out in the world foraging for food, we had to take what we could get immediately,” says Connecticut College psychology professor Stuart Vyse. He says members of Congress are similarly driven by pressures like the 24-hour news cycle.

"The sort of immediate feeback you get on every single decision does tend to focus you on the battle of the moment," he says.

Talks to avert Tube strike resume

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 03:11
Talks aimed at averting another strike by London Underground workers resume.

VIDEO: First close-up look at Airbus A350

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:54
BBC reporter Puneet Pal Singh gets a sneak preview ahead of the Airbus A350 going on public display at the Singapore Airshow.

Cochlear implants get processing boost from MIT researchers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:53

When it comes to returning the sense of hearing to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, technology is far from perfect. Hearing aids can feed back. And there are other problems, but this week there's been a leap forward in one particular area. Cochlear implants. A new processing computer chip for these implants has been developed at MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratory and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmiry. Dr. Konstantina Stankovic is a surgeon who worked on the project and joined us to help explain.

Click play on the audio player above to hear the interview.

VIDEO: Jones' medal dance celebration revealed

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:44
Jenny Jones tells BBC Sport's Hazel Irvine how she danced through the Olympic Park in Sochi after collecting her bronze medal during what she called a 'whirlwind' 24 hours.

Kenya football fan stabbed to death

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:37
Police in Kenya are hunting a murder suspect after a Kenyan Liverpool fan was stabbed to death following the Arsenal-Liverpool match on Saturday.

In pictures: Afghan box camera

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:34
Afghanistan's disappearing street photographers

AUDIO: Prince 'a music industry rebel'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:14
Trevor Nelson and Simon Price discuss the return of US singer Prince, following recent surprise shows in London.

Lego Movie leaves Monuments in pieces

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:06
Blockbuster toy tie-in The Lego Movie leaves The Monuments Men for dust at the weekend, earning more than three times as much as George Clooney's WWII caper at the North American box office.

Living with the Somerset floods

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:57
How people living on the Somerset Levels have coped

Reward offer in 1988 missing case

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:57
A £20,000 reward is offered for information about the disappearance of a 15-year-old boy who went missing 26 years ago.

Indonesia, Singapore in warship row

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:53
Indonesian military officers pull out of an aerospace show in Singapore amid a row over the controversial naming of a naval warship.

VIDEO: How should flood money be spent?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:44
The row between the Environment Agency and the government over how money should be spent to protect homes from flooding has gathered pace.

AUDIO: BBC trials Instagram news service

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:30
Helen Lewis and John Crace discuss the BBC's decision to trial the new Instagram news service, Instafax, to deliver 15-second news bulletins.

Scots' views on immigration probed

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:27
People in Scotland are less likely to want to reduce immigration than people in England and Wales, a new study says.

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